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Fun Fountain by Wham-O (Commercial, 1980)

Here's a commercial for the Fun Fountain by Wham-O - the clown with a hat that rises up on a stream of water.

One of our neighbors on our block had this - it was fun, but man that clown hat sure hurt when it fell back down on you!

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday June 3rd 1980 between 3 and 4pm! (1979 Copyright)

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FM, this ad has a 1979 copyright in the beginning.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, April 29th 2008 at 2:54pm.

Ah, right - noted.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, April 29th 2008 at 4:02pm.

I had this as a kid and also something by Wham-o called Willie Waterbug. He had plastic tubes that whipped around on top of his head and they hurt!
Comment posted by smctopia on Tuesday, April 29th 2008 at 6:13pm.

I had one of these too. It used to be funny seeing one of my friends get nailed in the head with the hat if they stood over the stream too long.
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Tuesday, April 29th 2008 at 8:59pm.

smctopia-- Thank you!! I had Willie Waterbug and he hurt like the dickens! It was one of my first experiences of, "This isn't as fun as it was in the ad!"
Comment posted by kietdoke on Wednesday, April 30th 2008 at 8:16pm.

I used to have one of these too, back when I was about 2 or 3, although I didn't use it much in the summer times.
Comment posted by cbsfm101 on Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 5:34pm.

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